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Officials Announce $300,000 Grant To The Workplace To Job Train Veterans

Richard Blumenthal
Jim Himes

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Congressman Jim Himes (D-4) recently visited Homes for the Brave in Bridgeport to announce a $300,000 federal grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to The Workplace to provide job-training to homeless veterans.

The grant was part of $35 million awarded nationally by the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to help an estimated 16,000 veterans successfully transition from homelessness to sustainable housing and employment, according to a press release. The grants will provide job-training, job search and placement assistance for in-demand careers.

Homes for the Brave is a transitional housing program for homeless veterans. Using federal money, The Workplace constructed an on-site computer lab and brought job training specialists to the home to help the veterans develop skills needed to secure stable employment, according to a press release.

Blumenthal and Himes were joined by U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) in issuing the following statement in support of the grant: “Veterans who served and sacrificed on the battlefield have earned and deserved our support as they return home, and for any veteran to be left homeless is simply unconscionable and unacceptable. The Workplace has proven again and again that the long-term unemployed — including homeless veterans — have the desire and capacity to succeed and excel in the workforce. We congratulate The Workplace for this important federal grant, and look forward to seeing the life-changing impact it will bring to these veterans and our economy.”

“Nearly 100 percent of the veterans that are served by this program not only get a trade, a skill, and a job, but the program has successfully moved veterans in homelessness into independent living. This is one of the most successful programs in America. We are exceptionally grateful to the delegation for their support which has resulted in great opportunities for our veterans,” said Joseph Carbone, president and CEO of The Workplace, in a press release.

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